Devotion – Mark 15

S – Those who passed by were yelling insults at him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The one who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself by coming down from the cross!” 31 In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself!

Mark 15:29–31 CSB

O – First, interesting note about “shaking their heads.”  It fulfills a prophecy in Psalms –

  • Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, 

Also, using Jesus’ own words to mock him, the crowd jeers that he saved others but couldn’t save himself.  The Messiah, being God, should be able to do that. 

A – In hindsight, we know Jesus could save himself. 

 “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 “How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?”

 Matt 26:52–54 NASB

Here is the great part.  Jesus could not save himself.  If he saved himself, he could not save you and I.  His whole purpose was to be the sacrifice and shed his blood for us.  The words “save yourself” was another way the enemy was trying to alter “the plan.” (Ex. Temptations in the wilderness). 

R – Lord, thank you for giving your body and blood for me today.  Let me be the man of God you called me to be.  Let me honor your sacrifice in a way that honors you.